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On my 1983 Aspencade there is a small compartment on the upper fairing right side when seated. I use it to store glasses, wallet, etc. Mine has a key lock and the lid comes off when open, it is not attached. This is a real pain since I have to stop and turn off the bike and remove the ignition key to get it open. I would be glad to hear any ideas how I can hinge the lid so I can open it while riding and still have the ability to lock it when away from the bike.
 

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I know some of my friends with 1800's are gluing cut off keys into spare knobs and leaving them in the locks for things like the glove boxes, fuel tank cover, etc. The key is cut short so it won't go far enough into the ignition to work for that but works in the other locks. Looks just like another knob when in but can be removed to secure the cover in question if you want.
 

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The 1800's have hinged glove box doors. The right door on the 1100 comes completely off when unlocked. The left side is a soft snap cover unless you have the optional cassette player. To answer your question, I have ridden my 1100 since it was new and have never seen anyone hinge that door. Other than asetetics it wouldn't be that hard to do though.
 

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I have a 1983 GL1100 Interstate, and also have the same compartment on my fairing. I just bought a quick release key ring. I put one key for my motorcycle on each end, that way when the key is in the ignition, I can remove the other key from the key ring without removing the key from the ignition. The quick release key rings can be bought for a couple bucks from Home Depot, Wal-Mart, or many auto parts stores.
 

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you dont have to shut the bike off. Just remove the key and it will still run if that helps. Personally I wouldnt mess with it running down the road. you can cut another key with a dummy top also. JB
 

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Mine is underneath the bars so there is no chance I'd consider screwing with it while running.
 
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